Vegans and organic gardeners drive demand for natural garden products as market for planet-friendly gardening gets set for rapid growth

Flick through the pages of any trade or consumer horticultural magazine and you’re likely to see a mention of the ‘trend’ for green gardening. In fact, far from being a passing fad, the shift to planet-friendly gardening started in the 1980s when organic TV gardener Geoff Hamilton took the helm of BBC Gardeners’ World. Three decades on, in a world where concern about the planet is escalating, and politicians are declaring a climate emergency, eco-friendly gardening is firmly engrained in British culture. Continue reading

Autumn is the perfect season for sowing or overseeding lawns, says Johnsons Lawn Seed

After a long summer of wear and tear, there is no better time for breathing new life into tired turf, or for sowing a brand new lawn, than autumn. 

Throughout September and until mid-October, the soil remains warm and workable but temperatures are refreshingly cooler, allowing grass seed to germinate quickly and establish before winter sets in. Crucially, the weakening sun results in less moisture being lost to evaporation, so gardeners can get new lawns up and growing fast. Continue reading

Glee 2019 Retail Lab sponsor interview: Willow Wand

Retailers seeking products of the future and the latest in-store merchandising ideas need look no further than the Retail Lab at Glee. Now in its third year, this inspirational feature area, in association with the Horticultural Trades Association, is bursting with ideas. In fact, 61% of Glee’s visitors say they will attend Glee 2019 as a result of seeing the Retail Lab last year. Here, we meet one of the sponsors of this year’s feature – The Willow Wand, a British brand that is making it easy for consumers to grow decorative topiary at home, whilst also pushing the wellbeing agenda. Here the company’s founder, Simon Read tells us more. Continue reading